Wearing jewellery is a big part of Hindu tradition. While many think the reason to wear jewellery is to enhance and compliment women's beauty, but many fail to see the underlying reasons behind our tradition and practices.

One of our Hindu beliefs include not wearing gold ornaments below the waist. Despite encouraging women to wear gold jewelleries above the waist, our elders have always forbidden us from wearing gold anklet or toe rings for some reason.

When we question this practice, the common answer we get is that gold represents Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Thus, wearing it on our feet will be seen as disrespecting the goddess herself.

But is that the real reason behind this practice?

Despite having scientific reasons behind each practice, our elders relate it to religion mostly. In those days, people were less interested in knowing the scientific reason, but were more eager to uphold the tradition and practices that are linked to their religion.

The real reason behind this practice is that the gold ornaments keeps the body hot, meanwhile, silver ornament keeps the body cold. Thus, wearing gold above the waist and silver below waist helps to balance our body temperature.

Silver’s strong antimicrobial properties help to fight infection, heal wounds, as well as prevent cold and flu. It also improves one’s energy level, creates a calming effect and helps to maintain the balance in the mood. Hence why our elders forbid us from wearing gold below the waist.

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